Don’t worry, guys. Perk won’t be leaving the Celtics anytime soon for a huge-money offer in New Zealand. He is going to be recruited to play for the New Zealand National Team. Apparently, Perk has some ties to the country that would make him eligible to play. (Waikato Times via Celtics Hub)
New Zealand assistant coach Dillon Boucher said the NBA star was on their radar as a prospective member of the national squad, although not for the upcoming world championships in Turkey.
Perkins’ estranged father Kenny Perkins lives in Christchurch and was a veteran of the New Zealand National Basketball League in the 1980s and 90s.
“I believe some contact has been made with his father,” Boucher told the Waikato Times.
“He’s out for about six months now with an injury but we’ll probably go down that avenue in the next year or so.
“We don’t know what his eligibility will be in terms of being able to play for us but it’s definitely something worth pursuing.
“It would be awesome to have him playing for the Tall Blacks.”
I just want to let you know, I was thinking about titling this post, “Kendrick Perkins might become a Tall Black.” Didn’t know exactly how people would respond.
If Perk does end up playing for the New Zealand National Team, that’d be pretty cool for him. I can’t imagine he’ll make Team USA any time soon. But you know what? It sucks that he was hurt this season. With big men dropping like Sheed’s three-point shooting percentage, Perk probably would have made the team. He probably would have represented his country in Turkey. Sorry for the horrible timing, Perk.